Acne is a skin disease. If you are suffering from acne, you will understand how aggravating, emotionally-frustrating and stressful it can be. You may have only a few pimples here and there, or you may have spots all over your face, but regardless, it is understandable why those who suffer from acne may feel self-conscious or embarrassed. Here are thirteen possible reasons to explain the cause of your acne breakouts. If you are seriously concerned about your acne, however, we recommend that you speak to your family physician or your doctor about the best possible treatment.
Genetics may play a role in whether or not you suffer from acne. If either of your parents have struggled with acne breakouts, especially as young adults, it is possible that your genes are the cause of your distressed skin. Unfortunately, there’s little you can do about your genetic makeup – it’s a part of your DNA and can’t be changed. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t topically treat your skin and see results, but you may need to develop a custom skincare routine or use prescription treatments. We recommend that you see a dermatologist if you suspect your acne may be caused by genetics.
Hormonal acne is one of the most common types of acne. It is seen usually in teenagers, pregnant women, women who are menstruating, or women who are going through menopause. Hormonal acne can be very painful; often, the pimples are red, large, and hard to treat. They often pop up randomly and sometimes do not respond to treatment right away. If you are menstruating, you can expect your pimples to settle in a few days. For others, you may need to regulate your hormones using birth control or prescription medication. The best thing to do is to speak with your family physician and ask if you need a referral to see a dermatologist.
3. You’re Using Bad Products
Sometimes, when you try a new product, your skin breaks out. It could also be because of old makeup or sunscreen, or a new product that just doesn’t work well with your skin. Make sure you introduce new products to your skincare routine one at a time, so that you can easily determine whether or not it’s the cause of your sudden breakouts.
4. You’re Not Removing Your Makeup Well Enough
Make sure you’re cleansing properly every night, especially if you wear makeup! Read our article on double cleansing and make sure you know to remove all makeup from your face!
5. You’re Not Changing Your Pillowcase Often Enough
Even if you cleanse before bed, your pillowcase can still build up a layer of dirt, grime, and bacteria. Try to change your pillowcase at least once a week.
6. Your Cell Phone and/or Makeup Brushes Are Dirty
Clean them often, and thoroughly.
7. You May Have Allergies
Sometimes different foods can cause us to break out. This is common with milk, shellfish, cheese, or sugar. You can either get an allergy test to determine whether or not you have any food sensitivities, or you can try to cut a certain food out of your diet if you think it may be the culprit.
8. You May Eat a Poor Diet
If you eat too much sugar, or drink too much alcohol or caffeine, your diet could be causing your breakouts. Drink as much water as you can and limit your intake of sugar. Not only will that help with your skin, but it will be great for your overall physical and mental health.
9. You’re Not Removing the Sweat From Your Face
Ask yourself: do I clean my face each time I sweat? If not, this may be the cause of your breakouts. Take a cleanser or cleansing wipes with you to the gym, and swipe all the sweat off your face after a workout.
10. You May Have a Poor Cell Turnover Rate
If your dead skin cells do not shed fast enough, they may clog your pores. Exfoliate a few times a week, or try an exfoliating cleanser to remove all the dead skin from the surface of your face.
11. Your Skin is Too Oily
If your skin is too oily, the excess oil may clog your pores. Try carrying around oil blotting sheets, such as Clean & Clear Portable Oil-Absorbing Sheets and apply them throughout the day. They're cool because you can see how much oil they absorb! You can also use products that target oily skin in your daily routine, such as a mattifying primer or light day cream.
12. You May Be Stressed Out
This happens to us all. Try to meditate, do yoga, take a bath, read or watch television. Do what works for you to reduce your stress level.
13. You May Not Be Getting Enough Sleep
A proper sleep routine is crucial for your overall health, especially your skin. Keep a sleep log if you think your sleep routine may be the culprit.
Don't forget that acne is something that most of us have to deal with at some point. Whatever the cause of your breakouts, we're sure that you can find some way of treating your skin. Let us know if there's anything crucial we may have missed on this list!